In the frame of a four year contract a consortium of Airbus Defence and Space and Telespazio France provides a satellite-based maritime surveillance service to the French Navy.
The Trimaran 2 contract / project is a follow-up to Trimaran 1, which enables maritime zone commanders to access a portal for surveillance services using optical and radar imaging and AIS data to enhance the effectiveness of their national maritime missions. Enhanced situational awareness is guaranteed by complementing optical and SAR imagery analysis.
Through a dedicated portal, each of the French Navy’s maritime command zones will enjoy user-friendly and round-the-clock access to the extensive acquisition capacity of our satellites, with a wide range of reactive services across the Globe. Whatever the operation in progress, its type or location, radar and optical satellite images are interpreted by the image analysts at Telespazio France and Airbus Defence and Space as soon as they are received and correlated with the AIS data. Reports are then produced and sent to the users via the portal, indicating the types of vessels detected, their position, speed and heading.
France has the second largest economic exclusion zone in the World behind the United States. This contract, which runs from 2016 to 2020, will improve the effectiveness of the Navy’s missions: whether combating trafficking, preventing illegal immigration, performing search and rescue operations at sea, detecting pollution and toxic discharges, or monitoring protected maritime areas